Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201246): Leverage the wisdom of crowds in Google! Include vs in your query to see synonyms that other people have entered. For example, if you enter iPhone 5 vs, you'll see suggested queries such as iPhone 5 vs galaxy s3. Enter lyme disease vs and you'll see lyme disease vs rheumatoid arthritis, among other queries.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201245): In episode 201225 we looked at some contextual menus you can trigger by right-clicking on objects in Web pages. In this video we'll consider a couple of additional ones. In Google Chrome, right-click anywhere on a results page and you'll see a "Translate to English" option. In Google Chrome or Firefox, highlight some text and right-click and you'll see a "Search Google for ..." option.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201244): Google's two-step verification requires you to have two things in order to login: something you know (your password) and something you possess (your cellphone). When you access your Google account, Google will text you a six-digit code that you will have to enter as part of the login process. This will help keep your account safe from hijackers. Other services using two-step verification include Dropbox, Facebook, LastPass, Microsoft SkyDrive, WordPress and Yahoo Mail.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201243): Google is an all-algorithmic search engine. This works well for Web search, but failed for tools such as Google Squared. Consumer search tool FindTheBest feels that humans need to be involved in the process to pick topics and data points for their infographics comparing products such as smartphones. FindTheData, produced by the same company, creates value-added comparisons using data accessible from the Web, such as campus security statistics or diabetes and obesity rates by U.S. county.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201242): Google Patent Search has a new feature, as of August 2012: a Find Prior Art button that lets you search Google Scholar, Patents, Web and Books for previous mentions of the technologies and terms employed by the patent. Available for U.S. patents granted from 1976-present.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201241): Your Web browser is one of the most important tools you have. Modern browsers even let you install add-ons to extend their capabilities. However, an out-of-date plugin can become a security issue. Learn how to check the status of your Firefox plugins.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201240): LLMC Digital's new interface (as of July 2012) now lets you search the underlying MARC records of its archive of older legal materials. Get tips on Boolean operators, phrases, using the wildcard, how to handle words with punctuation, and more.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201239): Google has recently introduced a scientific calculator on the results page -- no app needed. To get it, search for "scientific calculator" or a calculation such as "19/74". (In Google Chrome, you can even trigger it by searching by voice.) Bookmark the scientific calculator to make it even easier to get to.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201238): The search box in Firefox is convenient, but your search query remains in the box even after you've moved to other pages. People walking by your desk can see your search queries. If you share your desktop with others via a webinar, they'll see your search terms, too. And the search box is redundant -- you can search via Firefox's Awesome Bar -- so you can remove it by customizing your toolbar.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201237): Public.resource.org, a great source for free caselaw and other law- and government-related documents, has no search engine. Browsing the site is not easy and intuitive. You can, however, use Google to search for cases and documents in public.resource.org using Google's site: limit.